The Christmas Island Flying Fox population has declined by approximately 35% over the last six years. The reasons are poorly understood and it’s timely
to consider management actions that may improve their long term survival.
A PhD candidate is required to work on understanding the threats to this highly valued species, as part of the NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub.
Using targeted ecological fieldwork and decision analysis, this work will guide future decisions about the management and monitoring of this last remaining endemic mammal on Christmas Island.
The work will be conducted in close collaboration with Parks Australia staff on the island and with TSR Chief Investigators Dr Eve McDonald-Madden (UQ) and Professor John Woinarski (CDU).
The project will also work closely with Christmas Island Flying Fox experts from Taronga Conservation Society Australia and CSIRO.
The next round of domestic scholarship applications are due 22 April 2016 and international scholarships dates will be announced soon - more details on these scholarships can be found here.
We are receiving an additional $2 million to deliver science to support wildlife and habitat recovery efforts following Australia’s bushfire crisis. The rapid rollout of work now faces the added and acute challenge of COVID-19.
Predation by cats is a key threat to at least 123 threatened species in Australia. Better understanding and reducing the impact of feral cats on susceptible wildlife has been a major area of research for the hub.
One of the post-fire challenges to population recovery that many native species will face is increased risk of predation, including by introduced foxes and cats.
Chief Science Officer John Kanowski and Regional Ecologist SW Michael Smith from the Australian Wildlife Conservancy discuss the far-reaching work their team is doing to protect vulnerable mammals from introduced predators.
Oliver Tester from the Office of the Threatened Species Commissioner tells us about the Australian Government’s action on feral cats.